Hiatus Complete

I realize I have been MIA from SLMC for a while. (Over 2 months to be exact.) Let’s just not talk about it? Okay :)

surprise home visit c

“I’m Back!”

The last couple of months have been a struggle of overcoming a hip injury due to “overuse” (overtraining). Remember those weeks I was running 80 miles while working 40 hours? Yeah not recommended. If you’re training for a 5k then a 16-miler every Sunday is prooooobably a little extreme. I was just following my coach’s training program! I learned better & will be listening to my own body from now on ;)

This weekend I came home to sunny SoCal for the first time since August and I can’t even tell you what a recharge button it was.  When I rang the doorbell at 10:30 Friday night my mom had no idea that I was even in the same state as her. Missy was equally as surprised.

Back to Basics:

I’ve totally learned from injuries and recovery what works and doesn’t work for me. Running 80 miles a week with not enough sleep doesn’t work for me. Keeping a food journal and a training log DOES work for me. Being a student-athlete for a Div. 1 school is cool and all, but really I just want to be happy & healthy.

Current Healthy Obsessions:

  • I just adopted my mom’s first SLR Panasonic camera that I’m taking out on some Flagstaff trails. Covering ground, fresh air, nature, photography. All good things!
  • Sprout’s coffee beans. I got my parent’s hooked on their flavored coffee beans this year too, currently sipping on Pinon Hazelnut but my favorite still goes to Vienna Cinnamon <3 Grinding your own beans smells heavenly.
  • The blog Skinny Confidential. Lauren knows what’s up!
  • Eli Young Band and their Pandora station
  • Nexxus Heat Protector Spray. Smells delishhhhh.

The next phase of my healthy lifestyle is to begin training for MY FIRST MARATHON. (I made a Pinterest board and everything. I mean, obviously.) This will give me so much more to blog about & keep track of. But first I’ll do a quick catch-up of the last two months:

I spent a lot of time outside.

Hiking trails (stronglikemycoffee.com)Spent even more time with my favorite redheads:

my favorites

Although this is a little more typical…….

typical

We like to grab coffee and hang out in a field…..

buffalo collageEscaped to Sedona for a day of hiking, which was all fun and games until the “Bear Sighting” signs popped up (and you knowww how I feel about wild animals):

Sedona hiking trailAnd many mornings started out enjoying the little things. (Oh and the lovely sounds of construction out my window.)

healthy living blog (stronglikemycoffee.com)

Because of my injury, I spent a couple weeks just “resting” with no exercise, and about 6 weeks slowly progressing back to running. This blog post is sparked by my increasing inspiration to get back in shape! While it might not be obvious or noticeable, I can tell that my body has changed after more than 2 months of limited exercise and more than a few splurges on frozen yogurt, homemade pizzas, Sprout’s chocolate-covered blueberries/almonds/cashews (OBSESSED.) and of course peanut butter ;)

Tomorrow I will climb back up to a 12 mile run and I feel like myself again. Long runs are my thing. And I’m working on a lot of goals for myself:

  • Build back up my long run (the difference this time? Proper rest and recovery. Duh.)
  • Eat clean (95%…..girl’s gotta have her coffee creamer). I’m cutting out processed peanut butters (actually all nuts for a few weeks because they are so addicting that I can’t stick to a serving!), crackers/granola bars/cereals (because honestly they are sugar & flour clusters) and definitely avoiding the chocolate bulk section at Sprouts for a little bit. I’m a scale-avoider and I don’t like weighing myself so I will base my progress on how my clothing fits and how I feel about myself when I look in the mirror :)
  • Two consecutive pull-ups (currently at 1.5!)
  • Plank for 4 minutes
  • Stay injury-free
  • Stress less over things I cannot control
  • Take a new fitness class every week
  • Try a new recipe every week from my new Pinterest board “Domesticated” ;)

mt rubideoux hike c

It’s good to be back.

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About Stronglikemycoffee

College student-athlete committed to living healthy and happy. I want to share my recipes, fitness tips and silly stories with YOU! There's nothing like crushing goals and becoming stronger than you ever knew you could be.

Posted on November 15, 2013, in Blogging, College, Dining Out, Fitness, Healthy Habits, Real Life Stuff and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow. It’s amazing all that can happen in 2 months! Glad you’re back :)

  2. Glad to see you back! Your blog is awesome. I did not know you had hip surgery. I’m glad you are feeling better. I heard about your surprise visit home. Sneaky girl. Love all your pictures. Keep up the good work.

    xoxo
    Sue

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